Course Description

Early Learning Environment (Montessori Practical Life & Sensorial)

The Open College

The purpose of this professional development Early Learning Environment (Montessori Practical Life & Sensorial) course is to equip the learner with the necessary knowledge to implement an appropriate ECCE environment that encourages and supports the holistic learning of the child.

The learner will gain the relevant skills and competencies to ensure that the environment is developed and maintained to the highest standard.

Learners will study details of the elements of the prepared environment, the underpinning theories and concepts and the role of the Montessori teacher in delivering appropriate routines for the children. The learners will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop and stimulate the Children’s senses and needs through their environment.


Topics covered include:

  • The Prepared Environment – Key Principles of the Prepared Environment
  • Development Theories
  • Cultural Influence on Child Development
  • Introduction to Theories Of Learning
  • Behavioural Management
  • Movement and Co-Ordination
  • Language and Creativity
  • Montessori Exercises.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 5 Award or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Childcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.
  • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.
  • Students must currently be working (or on work experience) in the Childcare sector for a minimum of 6 hours per week (30 hours minimum), in a Montessori Environment throughout the course, as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience using Montessori Philosophies and Montessori Materials.
  • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 are expected to be able to: fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information, that is personally relevant and reflecting a broad knowledge base. For example, this might include text and other information relating to abstract theoretical ideas, concerns or procedures, such as local planning concerns in relation to broader spatial strategy, political issues in relation to particular agenda, budget plans/ specifications.
  • Garda Vetting is required for all Childcare placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details.
  • Certain assessments require completion of work, which must be observed and evaluated by a Supervisor or Line manager.
  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.



Portfolio / Collection of Work – 40%
Skills Demonstrations x 2 – 60%


Course Link:

Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code ECL23
College Name The Open College
Course Category Childcare, Education
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification CPD
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Delivery mode Distance Learning
Course Fee 209
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times This Early Learning Environment (Montessori Practical Life & Sensorial) professional development course is completed through Distance Learning and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding Certificate in Early Learning Environment (Montessori Practical Life & Sensorial) from The Open College
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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